Ready to cast a shadow across the entire span of the United States, the first total eclipse of the sun will happen on Monday August 21, 2017 with a direct path through fourteen states. Even if you’re not in a state under the total eclipse, you are probably somewhere you will notice something cool is happening. In fact, NASA hosts Eclipse2017, a website dedicated to the eclipse with interactive maps, events, education, and even how to host a viewing party. We’ve collected the must-have tips to make this solar system occurrence a memorable one.
Plan ahead. There are an estimated 391 million Americans making plans to observe the upcoming total eclipse of the sun. Of course, views are contingent on natural forces like weather, wildfire activity, or an unanticipated natural event. Before you head out, be aware of road closures, campfire restrictions, and traffic backups. To be on the safe side, create a Plan B in case you have to divert for weather or other uncontrolled factors. Map your strategy before you head out.
Safety first. The safest way to observe the eclipse is to look directly through specialty solar-filter glasses or viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard. At the phase of totality, it is safe to remove safety glasses while the sun is completely blocked by the moon, but put them back on once the sun reappears. Do not look at phases of the eclipse or a partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Protect your eyes!
Capture history. This total eclipse of the sun will differ considerable from the last one in 1979, in that the Smart Phone will be present this time around. Pick up an extra pair of solar-filter glasses for your phone or camera. Like your eyes, you must protect your camera lens from the damage from the sun. Tape a solar-filter to your phone or buy a specialty lens for your camera. With all eyes on the sky, take the opportunity to capture what’s happening around you. Stop, record, and live in a historic moment under the sun (and moon).
Where will you be on August 21, 2017? Consider an eclipsed-themed weekend at Blue Moon Rising. Hold your own viewing party with friends or family in a moon inspired setting. Finish the day of with dinner and entertainment at our celestial partner, MoonShadow. Call 240-442-5287 or click here to plan your eclipse-inspired get-a-way.